Red Bull Music Academy Announces Annual NYC Festival

April 28th, 2014


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Since its beginning back in 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy has set precedence as a hub for talent, bringing together musicians from around the world to participate in collaborations, recording sessions, and shows in a different city every year. Although New York City has already hosted the Academy in 2013, it makes its way back to the city to kick off an exciting new yearly NYC tradition: the first annual Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York (though this is the second time RBMA has hosted events in NYC previously). The month-long festival starts on May 1st, offering a set of 15 diverse events throughout the month of May, including a series of live performances, lectures, club shows, and other stimulating events aiming to explore the musical scene of today as well as pay tribute to musical innovators of years past.
The variety of events is truly unique, featuring a genre-bending array of both up-and-coming and veteran artists. From the opening night presenting a fusion of four dance styles, four dance crews, and four DJs; to a night of live improvisation and duets by artists of all musical realms; to a grime heavy, bass-ridden club extravaganza hosted by Lit City Trax, the festival offers everything and anything, spread throughout the nooks and crannies of New York City.


Full lineup here


In the “Larry Levan Street Party” on May 11th, a group of DJs, including Deep Space resident Francois K, will lead the street festivities honoring Larry Levan, a legendary DJ who has his own chapter in the history of dance music most notably with his residency at New York’s Paradise Garage. On May 18th, Animal Collective member Noah Lennox, known for constantly pushing the boundaries of music, will perform as Panda Bear, a rare chance to see a showcase of his solo work. On May 21st, D’Angelo, the reclusive R&B performer who has not released an album since Voodoo in 2002, will participate in a public lecture session to an intimate crowd at the Brooklyn Museum.
The month-long celebration of music also includes Robert Henke’s built-from-scratch show Lumière, revisiting and revamping the ideas behind the Monolake project, alongside dark experimental prodigy The Haxan Cloak; a hardcore session exploring the extremes of music with grindcore legends Napalm Death, ambient artist Tim Hecker, and more; and finally, a gathering of RBMA participants on the festival’s closing night, including the likes of Nightwave, Robot Koch, and Yosi Horikawa.
Tickets are sold for each event separately; most tickets can be obtained in the affordable range of $10 to $30, and a number of the events are completely free. Although D’Angelo’s lecture session is already sold out, tickets for the rest of the events are still available. An overview of the festival’s events and ticketing info can be found here.
Whether you are an experimental music aficionado, grindcore fiend, house fanatic, or soul enthusiast, Red Bull Music Academy Festival offers a little something for everyone — as well as the promise of expanding horizons and appreciation of the creative musical process. With its conglomeration of fun, eclectic, rarely attendable events, the festival has the potential to be the perfect opener for this summer’s booming festival season.


Full lineup here




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